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Radcliffe Franklin HAUGHTON

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


2012 Azana Spa shootings
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Domestic abuse - Shooting rampage
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: October 21, 2012
Date of birth: 1967
Victims profile: Zina Haughton, 42 (his stranged wife) / Maelyn Melissa Lind, 38 / Cary L. Robuck, 35
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Status: Committed suicide inside the spa six hours after the shooting
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On October 21, 2012, a mass shooting occurred at the Azana Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. As of 3:40 pm CST on October 21, eight casualties had been reported, four of whom (including the shooter) were reported as dead and four of whom had not suffered critical injuries.

The shooter was tentatively identified by police as 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, the estranged husband of a spa worker who was one of the fatal victims, committed suicide inside the spa six hours after the shooting.

Events

On October 21, 2012, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and various local television stations reported that shootings had taken place near the Brookfield Square mall, located in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The incident occurred at the Azana Spa at 200 North Moorland Road.

Shortly after the incident was reported, it became known that four persons had been transported to Froedtert Memorial Hospital with non-critical wounds. It was also reported that three persons were being transported to that hospital. Froedtert Hospital was locked down for security purposes, but the hospital resumed normal operations by 4:25 pm

Haughton had arrived at the Spa via Taxi and was wearing a camouflage outfit and carrying a backpack. Law enforcement officers were reported to have searched the area surrounding the spa and the Brookfield Square shopping center for a suspect, initially described as an 6-foot-1 African-American male in his 40s.

At the time of the incident and during its immediate aftermath, law enforcement instructed bystanders to evacuate the parking lot of the Brookfield Square shopping center, located near the spa. At 1:14 pm CST, Milwaukee news station TMJ4 reported that the mall had been closed by police.

Shortly after the shooting a Milwaukee bomb squad was dispatched to the scene, as apparently an improvised explosive device was left behind and a fire was set. A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that bomb disposal technicians and hostage negotiators had been dispatched. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also sent to the scene.

Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus stated that Haughton's car, a Mazda Protoge, had been located shortly after the shooting. The suspect and his wife's daughter, age 12, was found to be safe at their Brown Deer home.

By the end of the day of the shooting, four people, including Haughton, had died. All persons in the building had been safely evacuated. Christine Bannister, a dispatch supervisor for Waukesha County, stated that Radcliffe Franklin Haughton had been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Haughton committed suicide six hours after he started the shooting rampage, by shooting himself in the head while inside the spa.

Perpetrator

The shooter was tentatively identified as Radcliffe Frankin Haughton, a 45-year-old male from Brown Deer. Haughton was raised in Jamaica and moved to the United States as an adult, first taking up residence in Illinois, and later moving to the Milwaukee area. He had one daughter, age 12 with estranged wife Zina Haughton and a step daughter age 20, who was working in the building along with her mother Zina Haughton at the time of the shooting.

The suspected shooter's father, Radcliffe Haughton Sr. of Florida said he spoke with his son a few days ago and nothing seemed amiss. He had called for his son to turn himself in. At the time of the shooting, Haughton had been issued a restraining order and was not allowed to possess firearms.

Victims

Three women were killed in the attack. One of them was the perpetrator's wife, Zina Haughton, 42, also of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, according to the Waukesha County medical examiner's office. She had heroically tried to dissuade and calm her husband in an effort to defuse the situation before being shot, according to witnesses. All of the living victims, one 7 months pregnant, were expected to survive (four women were recovering at Froedtert Hospital from gunshot wounds to their arms and legs and neck; three of them were in satisfactory condition and one was in critical condition; three of them required surgery).

Reactions

The White House issued a statement saying that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's thoughts and prayers were with the victims of "this horrible shooting" and their families.

Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee and congressman from another Wisconsin district, and his wife Janna said that they were "shocked and saddened" by the incident.

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Gunman kills 3 women, wounds 4 others, then commits suicide at Azana Spa in Brookfield

By Rick Romell - JSonline.com

October 21, 2012

This time it wasn't a church.

But the result of Sunday's shooting rampage, at a prominent salon and spa in Brookfield, sounded all too familiar: Three people murdered, four others injured and a lone gunman dead by suicide.

In the Milwaukee area's second mass shooting in less than three months, a 45-year-old Brown Deer man - husband, father, homeowner and ex-Marine - turned the Azana Salon & Spa across from Brookfield Square mall into a killing ground.

Dead were three women, all shot as Radcliffe F. Haughton stormed through the salon bent on killing his estranged wife, an employee there. About a dozen people were in the building at the time.

Police wouldn't say Sunday whether Haughton's wife, Zina, was among the dead.

But there is little question she was the target. Just two weeks ago, she got a temporary restraining order placed on Haughton after he showed up at Azana and slashed the tires of her car. A judge granted a four-year restraining order against Haughton on Oct. 18.

Sunday evening, Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said it appeared Haughton's rampage was rooted in domestic violence.

The killings occurred only a half-mile from the 2005 murders of seven people by a gunman who opened fire at a church service, and 11 weeks after a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek left six dead, plus the killer.

The former crime was the work of a religiously devout church member who came mentally unhinged. The latter apparently was motivated by ethnic hatred. This one seems to have been personal.

Haughton had sent signals recently of possible trouble.

About the time the restraining order was issued, he posted on his Facebook page: "Need to get out of Wisconsin, HELP . . . "

Not long afterward, he told his father - who warned him not to "do anything stupid" - that he had to leave the state.

And a Google Plus page linked to Haughton includes a bizarre photograph of a man who appears to be him, pointing what looks to be a weapon at the camera.

Outwardly, Haughton's life in some respects appeared to be on solid ground. He had worked as a salesman of pricey imported cars, and he and Zina had owned their Brown Deer home - a ranch house in a middle class neighborhood with neatly raked lawns - since 2002.

They shared the house with their 13-year-old daughter and Zina's 20-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

But in suburban Chicago, where he grew up, Haughton accumulated a misdemeanor criminal record, twice convicted in the 1990s of marijuana possession and once this year of disorderly conduct, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In Milwaukee County, he was charged last year with disorderly conduct, but the case was dismissed after a key witness didn't show for the trial, online records show.

Sunday, Brown Deer Police Chief Steven Rinzel said his department has had contact with Haughton - most recently in the past few weeks - and has been called to his home.

Haughton took a taxi Sunday to Azana, 200 N. Moorland Road, Brookfield. He got there about 11 a.m., toting his weapon - police haven't said what kind of gun or guns he used - and a black-and-white backpack.

Then, chaos.

Katie O'Rourke heard the gunshots ring out. She and another massage therapist were upstairs with two clients. They had no idea where the shooter was, but they knew they had to act.

They took the massage tables and turned them into barricades against the unlocked door, doused the lights, turned off the piped-in music and crouched in fear in the dark, windowless room for nearly 45 terrifying minutes.

Speaking in whispers on her cellphone, O'Rourke, 23, of Wauwatosa, called 911. At first, the operator told her to leave the building - a two-story, 9,000-square-foot structure carved up into many small rooms. O'Rourke didn't like that idea.

"I didn't know where the shooter was," she said.

She said the 911 operator tried to keep her calm, telling her that help was coming. O'Rourke and the others heard the sprinklers go off in a hallway but sat tight.

"We didn't even know if the building was on fire," O'Rourke said.

After nearly 45 minutes, police got to the women's room.

"The operator was talking to the officers outside the door," O'Rourke said.

She and the other three opened the door, then made for the exit.

 "We all held hands and got out of there as fast as possible," she said.

As they fled, O'Rourke said she stepped over a lifeless body on the first floor. Nearby, she saw another victim, apparently dead, on the floor.

"I don't even know how to describe it," she said of her experience. "It was scary. It was something else."

Others also were terrorized.

One woman fled, screaming, into traffic on Moorland Road.

"She ran right out into the street and was pounding on cars," said David Gosh of West Allis, who had been returning from duck hunting earlier Sunday with his father, John, and a friend, Ben Luedke.

Gosh said that moments later, a man with a handgun ran out and appeared to be chasing the woman.

Just then, Gosh said, police began streaming to the scene, and the gunman, seeing them, ran back into the building.

John Gosh said he saw two women come out of the building who had been shot. Both were bloody; one appeared to have been shot in the leg, the other in the back.

Another bystander, Christopher Pfeiffer of Pewaukee, saw a young woman run barefoot and frantic through the Brookfield Square parking lot.

"She was screaming, yelling, crying hysterically. She was pleading for help," Pfeiffer said. "She kept saying, 'My mother was shot.' "

The four wounded women - ages 22, 30, 32 and 40 - were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

All are expected to survive, hospital officials said Sunday evening. The women were not identified. 

One of the four was undergoing surgery early Sunday night and was in critical condition. A second had already undergone surgery and was in satisfactory condition. A third was stabilized and scheduled for surgery later Sunday night. A fourth did not require surgery but was admitted, hospital officials said.

Details of the injuries, including the number of times victims were shot, were not provided. Gary Seabrook, director of surgical services, said four patients were brought to the hospital "with multiple gunshot wounds to their extremities."

Methodical search

Tushaus said police got the first call - "shooting in progress" - at 11:09 a.m.

When officers got to the salon they found three women dead at the scene and helped evacuate the other victims as well as others who were inside the building, the chief said.

There was smoke in the building from a small fire in a hallway that they believe Haughton started. Also in the building was a one-pound propane tank, but Tushaus said it was unknown if Haughton had brought that to the salon or if it had been left by contractors who were working at the site earlier.

It took police hours to search and secure the building. The process was painstaking because of the many small rooms at the salon, and because officers didn't know Haughton was dead.

"We methodically did a search of that building expecting to encounter the suspect," Tushaus said at a news conference. "That's what took us so long. . . . We were expecting an armed encounter if we did come across him."

Sympathy for the victims poured in Sunday. Many people posted comments on Azana's Facebook page.

Owner Tami Gemmell issued a statement thanking those who had reached out.

"We are devastated by this tragedy and remain in shock over how this could have happened," she said. "Please know that our first concern is for the victims and their families, and for our Azana family . . . "

As Pardeep Kaleka knows too well.

His father was among those killed at the Sikh Temple in August, and the sorrow Kaleka endured led him to a new role - as a volunteer grief counselor with the Salvation Army.

He was at the temple Sunday when the organization texted him: More people had been shot, and he was needed.

So on another sunny morning, not so different from the day his father died, Kaleka was in Brookfield, consoling others. Some told him they'd been in the salon and heard the gunshots.

"I told them they'd hear gunshots echoing for a long time," he said.

This story was written by Rick Romell, with contributions from John Diedrich, John Fauber, Ellen Gabler, Bill Glauber, Paul Gores, Karen Herzog, Meg Jones, Jim Nelson, Georgia Pabst, Crocker Stephenson and Don Walker, all of the Journal Sentinel staff.

 
 

Police went to spa shooter's home nearly 20 times

By Lisa Black - ChicagoTribune.com

October 26, 2012

Police in Brown Deer, Wis. were called to the home of Radcliffe and Zina Haughton almost 20 times -- several for alleged domestic abuse -- in the years before Radcliffe Haughton shot and killed his wife and two other women last weekend at the salon where the women worked.

The police responses for problems between the couple, who both have ties to Chicago's northern suburbs, took place over the course of 11 years.

But as recently as Oct. 2, records show Zina Haughton called police from a gas station late at night. The officer who arrived observed that she was not wearing shoes, her makeup was running and she appeared to have been crying. Her shirt was ripped and she appeared to be intoxicated, according to a police report.

“I also noticed she had scrapes and swelling on the left side of her face,” the officer wrote. “I asked Zina how she got the injury to her face. Zina said she was not injured. I told Zina I could see the injury on her face.”

The officer took Zina into the gas station bathroom to show her the injury, the report states. “Zina kept telling me she did not know how her face got injured.”

After the officer asked if Radcliffe had assaulted her, she said no. But she admitted that he “forcefully removed her cell phone from her bra when she arrived home around 9 p.m. Zina keeps her cell phone in her bra and Radcliffe knew this.”

“Based on the injury to Zina’s face, her ripped clothes, statements made by Zina that she struggled with Radcliffe over her phone, and her disheveled appearance, I believe she was physically assaulted by Radcliffe,” the officer wrote.

He drove her to her home and knocked on the door, but the lights were off and no one answered. The police officer could see someone walking inside the residence. “We left the residence without making contact with Radcliffe,” the officer reported.

Days later, police in nearby Brookfield, Wis. arrested Radcliffe Haughton after he allegedly slashed the tires of his wife's car. But the paperwork on those charges had not been formally submitted before authorities said Haughton showed up Sunday at the Brookfield salon where his estranged wife worked, killed her and two other women, injured others and then took his own life.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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